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More Lofty Accolades For Payne.... (2018-12-20 18:53:02)

WEST JEFFERSON, NC - What more can you say about former Watauga and Ashe County High Athletic Director Marc Payne. Success seems to follow him around like a shadow.

For five decades, as both a basketball coach and athletic director, Payne has received more than his share of awards. That's why it's really no surprise that Payne will be inducted into three halls of fame this coming spring.

It's just icing on the cake for guy that won 574 games during his coaching career, which began in 1974-75, with his alma mater, Beaver Creek High School. In all, Payne paced the sidelines for 37 years, he led his teams to  13 regular-season conference titles, seven conference tournament championships, five sectional titles, and appeared in the Western Regional tournament four times, earning 17 Coach of the Year Awards from various organizations.

Impressive, indeed.

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Phillip “Marc” Payne | West Jefferson, NC

Phillip “Marc” Payne was the Head Basketball Coach at a trio of NCHSAA schools for a combined 37 years. He coached at Beaver Creek, Watauga and Ashe County High Schools, posting an overall coaching record of 574-383. During his tenure his teams claimed 13 Regular Season Conference Titles and seven Conference Tournament Championships. He won five sectional championships and appeared in the Western Regional tournament four times, earning 17 Coach of the Year Awards from various organizations.

Payne was also served as the Athletic Director at Watauga and then Ashe County from 1992 until his retirement in 2018. He was active across the state with the NCHSAA, the NCADA (North Carolina Athletic Directors Association) and the NCCA (North Carolina Coaches Association) serving on the Board of Directors for all three organizations. Payne has served on the NCHSAA Nominating Committee for over a decade in addition to service on the Association’s Scholarship, President’s Advisory and Ad-Hoc Committees. He helped found the NC Basketball Coaches Association in 1998 and was that organization’s first President. In 2011, Payne was honored with the NIAAA Distinguished Service Award, making him one of 11 North Carolinians to receive that prestigious distinction.

Marc Payne
NCADA Hall of Fame

Marc Payne was a Teacher, Administrator, Coach, and Athletic Director for 43 years at Beaver Creek, Watauga, and Ashe County High School.
Marc Payne served as Athletic Director at Watauga and then Ashe County from 1992 until his retirement in 2018. He was active across the state with the NCHSAA, the NCADA, and the NCCA serving on the Board of Directors for all three organizations. Payne served as President of the NCADA in 2001-02 and President of the NCCA in 2013-14. He has served on the NCHSAA Nominating Committee for over a decade in addition to serving on the NCHSAA Scholarship, President’s Advisory, and Ad-Hoc Committees. Payne helped found the NC Basketball Coaches Association in 1998 and was that organization’s first President.

Marc has twice been honored with the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 2003 and 2017. In 2007, Payne was named the NCAAE Athletic Director of the Year and was also honored with the NIAAA Distinguished Service Award, making him one of eleven North Carolinians to receive this prestigious award. In 2011, he was named the NCADA Athletic Director of the Year and received the Region 7 Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award. In 2013, Coach Payne was
named to the NCHSAA “One Hundred to Remember: Administrator” highlighting one hundred of the top administrators in NCHSAA history. In 2016, he was awarded the NCADA Region 7 Citation Award and in 2018, Marc was honored with the NCADA Gerald McGee Award of Excellence.

Marc Payne was the Head Basketball Coach at a trio of NCHSAA schools for a combined 37 years. He coached at Beaver Creek, Watauga, and Ashe County High Schools, posting an overall coaching record of 574-383. During his tenure his teams won 13 Regular Season Conference Championships (covering 5 decades) and 7 Conference Tournament Championships. His teams won five sectional championships, appeared in the Western Regionals four times, finished 3rd Place in the 1978 2A State Tournament, and earned 17 Coach of the Year Awards from various organizations. In 1989, Payne coached in the NCCA East-West All-Star Basketball game and in 2001 was the Head Coach of the NC All-Stars in the NC-SC Carolina Classic.

In 2015 the NCBCA awarded Coach Payne the first Ron Miller Distinguished Service Award. Marc Payne will be inducted into three Halls of Fame in 2019: On January 11th, Marc will be inducted into the George Whitfield Hall of Fame, on April 1st, he will be inducted into the NCADA Hall of Fame, and on April 11th, he will be inducted into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame.

Photo Courtesy: Marc Payne, Ashe County Sports

 

 



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